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Endless Mountains Fiber Festival
(Keep watching here for our 2019 Demonstration Schedule)
Saturday: 10:30 am - 11:30 am, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
With Jim Baldwin, Foxfire Farm (SATURDAY ONLY)
We are fortunate to have Jim Baldwin demonstrate sheep shearing at the festival again this year. Jim has been shearing sheep for 25 years. In 1992, he decided to learn shearing when he realized there was a need for more skilled, compassionate, and friendly shearers. He enrolled in a beginners’ shearing class at Cornell taught by Alan Barker, a New Zealand Wool Board shearing instructor. For the last 12 years, he has been shearing the Cornell flock, which today consists of 40 sheep, down from 700 when he started. His customers range in size from farmers who have only a few sheep to those with large flocks, shearing up to 80 per day. He welcomes special cases, such as sheep that are old, sickly, or haven’t been shorn in years. He also travels extensively and shears for four farm sanctuaries in NY and NJ. He is an ASI certified Level 2 Wool classer and can help with evaluation of your wool either on a commercial basis or for hand spinning.
ALL ABOUT ANGORAS
Saturday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
With Ellen Anderson: Aboundingful Farm
Ellen is a Shepherdess, Spinner & Fiber Artist located in Lebanon County PA. She has been raising Angora rabbits for over 20 years. Her rabbit herd consists of English, French & Satin Angoras, as well as some other short-haired rabbit breeds that she raises for show. During this demonstration, she will be showing you the different Angora breeds and talk about housing, grooming, care, harvesting the fiber and spinning it. She loves to educate people about the Angora rabbits and is always happy to answer questions from those interested in the possibility of owning an angora rabbit someday.
INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT - Managing internal parasites in sheep & goats
Saturday 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
with Moria Norris, DVM
The ever changing weather conditions and increasing incidence of chemical resistance in parasite populations create a challenge for internal & external ruminant parasite management. Come listen to Moira Norris talk about integrated approaches to parasite management.
ALPACAS AND LLAMAS
Saturday ~ Saturday 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
With Karen Taylor: Snowy Oaks Llamas & Fibers and
Catherine Bente’-Hines: Alpacas of Sunshine Farm, Fiber & Clothing Store
Karen Taylor and Catherine Bente’-Hines have been raising llamas and alpacas, respectively, for over 20 years. They will have some of their alpacas and llamas to the festival and will be talking about the differences between these two camelids. They will also discuss how to care for them and what you need to raise these unique animals on your farm. Karen or Catherine will be happy to answer any questions you have about these wonderful animals.
HOOF CARE CLINIC
Saturday 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
with Kelly DeBree: River's End Farm
The lives of our animals depend on a solid foundation - four solid hooves! Poor hooves can lead to a host of secondary problems with diminished grazing interest quickly apparent. Join us for a discussion on the basics of hoof care.
SUNDAY ONLY Sunday 10:30 am – 11:30 am 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Meet the CzechMates – Becky with Czechers and Ena, Val with Han and Tag, Judy with Pearl and Mist.
Becky, Val and Judy met through of their mutual love of border collies and an interest in training these dogs to do what they were traditionally bred for which is to work sheep. They saw an opportunity to help others see the wonders and joys of developing a working relationship with these fabulous dogs. In their demos they try to represent the commitment that is required to achieve a well trained border collie but also the fun of competing in sheep dog trials.
PEG LOOM WEAVING
Sunday 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
with Sharon Milewski: Rascal Fair Farm
We are pleased to have Sharon Milewski demonstrate the ancient art of “stick weaving,” which was brought back from the first religious crusades. Stick weaving quickly spread throughout early civilization as a simple means for weaving clothing, household goods, and sacks/purses. Today, stick weaving has experienced a rebirth and has come to be known as “peg loom weaving”. The peg loom not only allows us a window into the past, it provides us the opportunity to introduce weaving to a new generation. You will see how to warp the loom and weave warp threads onto the loom , as well as how to embellish projects with decorative accents
NATURAL FIBER DYING
Sunday 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
With Roxanne Eklund: Dye for Design
We are very excited to have Roxanne Eklund demonstrate fiber dying with colors from nature. This year, Roxanne will be using goldenrod, birch, walnut and indigo to demonstrate ‘Resist-Over-Dying” - a technique of over-dyeing with multiple colors and incorporating carved wood blocks as a resist to create patterns.
SOAP MAKING and SOAP FELTING
Sunday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
with Laurie O'Neil, Mountain Fiber and Soap
Mountain Fiber and Soap is a small fiber sanctuary. They sell the fiber, roving and handspun yarn from the animals they take in to support the sanctuary. They also raise Coopworth, Leiscester Long Wool , and Border Leicester sheep. Laurie enjoys taking lambs to classrooms and libraries to educate the public on raising sheep and the value of their wool. Laurie also makes soap from goat milk using only natural ingredients. We are fortunate to have her demonstrate the process of making soap and soap felting.